Top 10 Dog Breeds that Caused Fatalities


Domesticated dogs are known to be amicable and friendly. However, in some rare occasions, they too can cause danger.

Yes, we all know that plenty of dog breeds can be tamed and trained. But, we don’t know much about cute and adorable dogs causing  fatalities. In a study conducted by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, many of the well-known dog breeds have caused fatalities through bites. Here are the top ten:

St Bernard

st bernard

Originally bred as rescue dogs in the Swiss alps, the St. Bernard had 7 fatalities in the study.

Great Dane

In between 1979 and 1998, the Great Danes had a total of 7 fatalities.


chow chow

Although this is a bit surprising because of their small stature, the Chow-Chow is considered the 8th most dangerous dog breed. A total of 8 fatalities were recorded in the study.

Doberman Pinscher


As an aggressive dog breed, the Doberman Pinscher breed was responsible for 9 fatalities. And, most of these were regarded as a means of defense of their owners.


alaskan malamute

Just like the Great Dane, this huge dog breed is considered unsafe for small children and animals as they were found responsible for 12 deaths in a 20-year study period.

Wolf-Dog Hybrid

wolf dog hybrid

This isn’t surprising though. But, the wolf-dog hybrids are the fifth most dangerous dog breed. Throughout the study, there were 14 fatalities recorded.



Like the Malamutes, the Huskies are active dogs. In the study conducted, 15 deaths were linked to this dog breed.

German Shepherd

german shepherd

Because of their intelligence and aggressiveness, the Doberman dogs are commonly used as police dogs and guard dogs. In the course of the study, 17 fatalities were linked to them.



The Rottweiler is one of the most dangerous dog breeds, with 39 fatalities recorded in the study.

American Pit Bull Terrier


It is no surprise that the American Pit Bull Terrier is listed as the number one deadliest dog. In the study, a total of 66 deaths were attributed to them.

Now, if you are planning to get a dog as a pet, make sure you train them well. Consider the safety of people living with you. You don’t want your dogs to cause any problems to your family or to others in the long run.


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